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Country music today has gotten away from it's roots. Mainstream country music has hand claps, click tracks, auto tuning and rap beats. But down in Texas in the early 2000's the Texas music movement started to change things around. At the same time bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed and The Great Divide were bringing their sound from nearby Oklahoma into the Texas Scene. So call it Texas music, call it Red Dirt, hell call it Americana, we call it OKOM (Our Kind Of Music) The Red Dirt America p ...
 
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Jason Boland and the Stragglers have been in the forefront of Texas and Red Dirt music for over 20 years! They're dropping a brand new album on Dec 3rd produced by Shooter Jennings called "The Light Saw Me." It's a concept album telling the tale of a "Time-Travelling, Alien-Abducted Cowboy!" In this episode, I talk about the album with Jason and "p…
 
Hayes Carll's 8th album drops on Oct 29th, I talked with Hayes extensively about that album, life during the pandemic as a musician, and the healing power of music, which led to him telling me about a true Christmas miracle that he experienced when he was just 25! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/chuck-taylor/support…
 
Randall King is a rising country star who's put in the work and has been compared to the likes of George Strait and Alan Jackson. He has a major label deal with Warner Bros and has earned their respect with his hard work and diligence. He's an artist whose music you'll fall in love with. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/chuck-taylor/supp…
 
In this special episode of Red Dirt America, I talk with my longtime friend Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel. The band is celebrating, to quote Ray, "Half A Hundred Years!" The new album drops tomorrow, then they play ACL Fest and embark on a tour. We look back at the band over the years and even talk about the one thing he won't do again! --- Sup…
 
In this episode, I catch up with Bart Crow who's getting set to release his new album "Pretty Good Heart" on Oct 30th! He and his family are living on the road in an RV, we talk about why the chose to do that, the new album, and who's living in his house! Plus he's teaching his boys some important life skills! (*marked explicit for a few colorful p…
 
Josh Abbott is a road warrior, touring the Texas/Red Dirt scene for over a decade. I have a one on one with Josh about his new album, the pandemic, family, his career, and he even drops an exclusive on us! Check out this episode of Red Dirt America and subscribe so you don't miss future episodes! (btw - I state that this episode has explicit langua…
 
Texas Legends Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, & Jimmie Dale Gilmore first got together as the Flatlanders in 1972, they were together for a year, put out one album and then...their individual careers took off and it was 20 years before there was another Flatlanders album! Fast Forward to 2021 and they've just released their first album in 12 years, Treasur…
 
This episode was recorded on Aug 5, 2021 as the Wild Feathers were playing a show in the Dallas market with Blackberry Smoke and the Allman Betts Band. The Wild Feathers formed in 2010 and put out their debut album in 2013. They were taking off right before the pandemic shut everything down. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/chuck-taylor/…
 
You may remember Curtis Grimes from The Voice (he was on Cee Lo Green's team and made it to the quarter finals) or you may know him from his 12 number 1's on the Texas Country Charts. This week I talk with my old friend about his faith, family, and music, and why he waited so long to put out a self-titled album! --- Support this podcast: https://an…
 
Jesse Dayton is a Killer guitarist and artist in his own right! Originally from Beaumont, TX, Jesse has played with Waylon, Johnny Cash, Ryan Bingham and many others. He's worked with Rob Zombie, played and inaugural ball for a President and has written his first book. I talk with Jesse as he gets set to play the historic listening room, The Kessle…
 
This episode was recorded as Rodney was getting ready to drop a new album on July 23, entitled "Triage". Rodney and Chuck talk about the album, the pandemic, the song that changed his life and more. Plus a performance of a song from the new album.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/chuck-taylor/support…
 
Darryl Worley burst onto the country music scene in 1999 with his debut album on Dreamworks. He had a successful career with three number ones and 18 chart topping singles, now, he's getting set to play a show in Sherman, TX at Old Quail Run Farm. We talk about his career, his show, and the state of country music on this episode of Red Dirt America…
 
It's Book Release Week! This week, Christy interviews contributing authors in The HBCU Experience: The HBCU Band Alumni Edition. This book is the first-ever compilation of stories from HBCU Band alumni and will be released on Tuesday, April 27 on Amazon. Guest: Contributing Author Taylor WhiteheadDi Dr. Christy Walker
 
It's Book Release Week! This week, Christy interviews contributing authors in The HBCU Experience: The HBCU Band Alumni Edition. This book is the first-ever compilation of stories from HBCU Band alumni and will be released on Tuesday, April 27 on Amazon. Guest: Contributing Author Rashad WattersDi Dr. Christy Walker
 
It's Book Release Week! This week, Christy interviews contributing authors in The HBCU Experience: The HBCU Band Alumni Edition. This book is the first-ever compilation of stories from HBCU Band alumni and will be released on Tuesday, April 27 on Amazon. Guest: Contributing Author Chevis AndersonDi Dr. Christy Walker
 
It's Book Release Week! This week, Christy interviews contributing authors in The HBCU Experience: The HBCU Band Alumni Edition. This book is the first-ever compilation of stories from HBCU Band alumni and will be released on Tuesday, April 27 on Amazon. Guest: Contributing Author Chase ArringtonDi Dr. Christy Walker
 
It's Book Release Week! This week, Christy interviews contributing authors in The HBCU Experience: The HBCU Band Alumni Edition. This book is the first-ever compilation of stories from HBCU Band alumni and will be released on Tuesday, April 27 on Amazon. Guest: Contributing Author Charles ConnerDi Dr. Christy Walker
 
SURPRISE! WE'RE BACK! And we wrote a book! The HBCU Experience: HBCU Band Alumni Edition includes 36 HBCU marching band alumni who share their stories. We're dropping interviews with some of the authors this week. Hear all about it! The HBCU Experience: HBCU Band Alumni Edition goes for sale on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 on Amazon.…
 
Stephanie Sanders never thought that she would participate in a marching band, much less become a HBCU band celebrity (she really is!). Stephanie is a multi-hyphenate: an associate director/music professor/jazz band director/classical musician/jazz artist. Find out her story, and how she does it all! Guest – Stephanie Sanders…
 
This week's episode is focused on auxillary in the band, and it's long overdue. Christy talks with Candis Alston-Davis, who not only danced in Virginia State's "Essence of Troy", she also served as the instructor for South Carolina State's "Champagne" dancers. Candis shares the full circle moment of joining a HBCU dance squad and dancing at the Hon…
 
Marching. Arranging. Logistics. Directing. You naaaame it, Kerry Gilliard has done it at Bowie State University (shoutout to Shirley Caesar). As a member and alum of Bowie State's "Symphony of Soul", Kerry learned how to run a HBCU band program from the ground up. Find out how he has channeled this experience into a thriving career as a band and ch…
 
Christy reunites with Gerard Howard, creator of BlackCollegeBands.com, MarchingNetwork.TV, and more recently, MarchingSport.com. Gerard talks about his time marching for Jackson State, and how he balances being a web designer, photographer, videographer, musician, and radio show host. Oh, and he talks about how the Boombox Classic and the Zero Quar…
 
Christy interviews Jamie Brunson, one of her favorite "rivals" (he's really like a brother, but don't tell him that). Jamie is a PROUD alumnus of the Marching 101 of South Carolina State University, and has a thriving career as a middle school principal. Listen to Jamie and Christy discuss rivalries between the Sargeant Brothers, 100 vs 101, Thunde…
 
Virginia State. Norfolk State. Livingstone. Elizabeth City State. Mississippi Valley State. Clark Atlanta. All of these are band programs that Dr. Tomisha Price-Brock has been associated with. She has even served as Head Band Director at two of these institutions. Listen as she shares the story of her unorthodox and unconventional career path. Gues…
 
Christy talks to Dr. John Hodge, former announcer for NCA&T's "Blue and Gold Marching Machine", and the son of A&T's former band director, the late Dr. Johnny B. Hodge. John recalls the challenges and triumphs of growing up as the son and "right-hand man" of a HBCU band director, and enlightens Christy on some real HBCU band history. Guest: Dr. Joh…
 
Christy's excited to interview someone who plays her instrument! She talks with LaToya Brooks, clarinetist and former drum major for Clark Atlanta University's Mighty Marching Panthers. LaToya talks about how marching at CAU prepared her to navigate the classroom,and a career pivot to the entertainment industry. Guest: LaToya Brooks Follow us on In…
 
SEASON 2 PREMIERE! Mike Lee is a former percussionist and head drum major for Alabama A&M's "Marching Maroon and White". Notably, he and Christy created The 5th Quarter website in 1999, so their friendship and partnership spans several decades. Mike talks about his VERY UNIQUE path to marching in a HBCU band, including things that Christy didn't ev…
 
Christy chats with her friend Joe Johnson, who marched in Tennessee State's "Aristocrat of Bands". Christy finds out how he parlayed his experience as a saxophone player and drum major, to a thriving career as a session musician and musical director for R&B greats such as Freddie Jackson, Angela Winbush, and After 7. Joe's website can be found at w…
 
Christy interviews Geoff Thompson, who marched for Morris Brown, and later, Mississippi Valley State. You may recognize him as "the White guy with the tuba" in the movie Drumline. Geoff discusses memorable games, his love for concert season, filming Drumline, and what it's like being a minority in a HBCU band. Guest: Geoffrey Thompson…
 
Christy interviews Dwayne Dixon, who marched in Southern University's "Human Jukebox" in the 1970s. Are the rumors about the Jukebox really true? Listen in to find out. Dwayne also talks about his winding path from Chicago, to Southern, to Kappa Kappa Psi, to Iota Phi Theta, and to the ministry. Guest: Dwayne Dixon Dwayne's podcast "The Corporate M…
 
In the interest of balance, Christy interviews Stan Holloway, who was a (male) piccolo player and section leader in Florida A&M University's "Marching 100". Stan discusses how he chose the piccolo (or did it choose him???), how being under the microscope worked in his favor, and the importance of giving back to his section and band. Guest: Stanley …
 
Christy interviews Joseph Beard, who created The Marching Podcast, which is another great podcast for HBCU bands. Joe talks about his path in marching for Johnson C. Smith AND Jackson State University. He's used to being the interviewer but now it's HIS turn on the hot seat! Guest: Joseph Beard The Marching Podcast can be found on YouTube, Stitcher…
 
Christy interviews Stephen Edgerton, who marched for not one, but TWO HBCU bands, and used those experiences to launch his career as a musician in the US Army Band. Stephen shares stories about his time as band member, (freshman!!!) section leader, and drum major, and gives advice to those who may be thinking about a music career in the military. G…
 
Christy interviews Rasheda Gregory, the first (female) section leader of Norfolk State University's Million Dollar Funk Squad (MDFS). Rasheda shares some of her stories about being a female section leader in a male-dominated section, and gives some advice to women who want to follow in her footsteps. Literally. Guest: Rasheda Gregory…
 
Christy interviews Warren Shaw, Chief Arranger for Clark Atlanta University's Mighty Marching Panthers, and an alumnus of Alabama State University. She learns about how he got started in the arranging game, and shares some tips for future arrangers. Plus, Christy talks about getting published in the New York Times. Guest: Warren Shaw…
 
Call it Texas music, call it Americana, call it Red Dirt...We call it Our Kind Of Music... and it's a growing response to the trend of "pop" country music. This is REAL Country music by Real Country artists. In this first episode of the Red Dirt America podcast I talk with Steve Earle about his latest album, "The Ghosts of West Virginia" out now on…
 
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